TIME's breastfeeding cover inspired US to round up nursing from Jennifer Gardner, Gwen Stefani, Gisele Bundchen and more…
Reason #1: a rough start. All those beatific pictures notwithstanding, breastfeeding can be hard work, especially at the beginning. It can take a little time for both mom and baby to get the hang of it--and throw in sore nipples and the exhaustion of just giving birth and it's easy to understand why some moms reach for the bottle (of formula).
Acid reflux, also known as GERD, is a chronic condition that causes ongoing pain and burning in the chest and throat. It is estimated more than 60 million of Americans suffer from acid reflux at least once a month; that is 44% of the U.S adult population.
A new study has recently been published refuting previous studies that showed exercise while breastfeeding could have a negative effect on a mother's breast milk. The previous study's data showed that women who exercised often while breastfeeding had fewer immune antibodies in their breast milk, which may have hindered their babies' growth. Depending on the intensity of the mothers' exercise, the researchers hypothesized that the immune levels also fluctuated from week to week. Doctors thought this may lead to babies of exercising mothers gaining less weight.